Ft. Hood Shooting Report Cites Army Officers for Discipline

January 15, 2010

(ChattahBox)— A Pentagon report finds that several Army officers failed to take proper action against the many deficiencies and behavioral problems displayed by the Ft. Hood Shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, over the course of his military medical career. The review of the deadly shooting by Hasan on Nov. 5 that left 13 people dead, shows that had corrective steps been taken, and the many warning signs acted upon, Hasan’s military medical career may have been stopped cold, before he was put in a position to engage in a deadly shooting spree. The report makes several recommendations for changes in the internal sharing of personnel information and also finds that five to eight officers were deficient in their handling of Hasan’s training, and they now face disciplinary action.

According to a report in the LA Times, “The review found that Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, repeatedly failed to meet basic officer standards for physical fitness, appearance and work ethic, but that superiors allowed his medical career to advance.” The Pentagon review found that “Hasan was overweight, avoided physical training, was frequently late and did not meet standards for appearance.”

An official said that the seriousness of Hasan’s professional deficiencies over the course of his career should have resulted in his removal from service. “Had those failings been properly adjudicated, he wouldn’t have progressed,” and could have been forced out of the armed services,” said the official.

There were also the problems with Hasan’s frequent proselytizing about his Muslim beliefs that were not adequately addressed the report found.

In light of the tragedy of the Ft. Hood shooting, Pentagon officials recommend changes in information sharing and greater emphasis placed on identifying criminal tendencies, mental problems or extremist beliefs of service members, to ward off potential threats, like the one posed by Hasan.

The review will be presented to top officials at the Pentagon on Friday.

Source: The LA Times


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